Arch Rivals

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Arch Rivals
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Game Gear
Publisher: Flying Edge
Developer:
Licensor: Midway Manufacturing
Genre: Sports

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$49.9549.95[2] T-81056
Sega Mega Drive
EU
T-81056-50
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.9939.99[3][4] T-81056-50
Sega Mega Drive
AU
Sega Game Gear
US
$39.9539.95[6] T-81118

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Arch Rivals, labeled as Arch Rivals: The Arcade Game on the packaging, is an arcade basketball game which was ported to the Sega Mega Drive and Sega Game Gear.

Gameplay

Arch Rivals marks the beginning of Midway's line of arcade basketball games, and is a predecessor to its most successful entry, NBA Jam. Arch Rivals features fast-paced 2-on-2 player matches and omits many of the rules of the game, such as fouls. Also unlike other basketball games, it is possible to punch opponents in the face.

History

Development

A Sega Master System version, reportedly identical to the Game Gear port, was once set to be released at the same time as the Mega Drive version[7] in June 1992[3], but was scrapped at the last minute. Some publications received review copies, however.

Production credits

Mega Drive version

  • Music composer (uncredited): Dan Forden
  • Music arranger (uncredited): Mark Cooksey


Game Gear version

Arch Rivals® ©1992 Acclaim Entertainment Inc
Arch Rivals® © 1989 1992 All Rights Reserved
Licensed from and Trademark of Midway Manufacturing Company
  • Programmed by: Byron Nilsson
  • Graphics by: Gary Tonge
  • Programming Support: Julian Scott
Source:
In-game credits (intro demo)


  • Music composer (uncredited): Dan Forden
  • Music arranger (uncredited): Mark Cooksey

Magazine articles

Main article: Arch Rivals/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Mega Drive print advert in Sega Visions (US) #8: "May/June 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
also published in:
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Print advert in Mega Force (ES) #7: "Noviembre 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
also published in:

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
50
[13]
Cool Gamer (RU)
40
[14]
Entsiklopediya igr Sega. 100000 sekrety, kody, paroli (RU)
70
[15]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
30
[16]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
40
[17]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
75
[2]
Game Zone (UK)
39
[18]
Hobby Consolas (ES)
87
[19]
Joypad (FR)
83
[20]
Joystick (FR) NTSC-U
70
[21]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
69
[22]
Mega Force (FR)
75
[23]
MegaTech (UK) PAL
45
[24]
Mean Machines (UK) PAL
40
[25]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
40
[26]
OK Consolas (ES)
81
[27]
Player One (FR)
50
[28]
Play Time (DE)
52
[29]
Power Play (DE)
64
[30]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
60
[4]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
80
[31]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
76
[32]
Sega Force (SE)
84
[33]
Sega Force (UK) PAL
86
[34]
Supergame (BR) NTSC-U
75
[35]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
57
[36]
Video Games (DE) PAL
65
[37]
Sega Mega Drive
62
Based on
27 reviews

Arch Rivals

Mega Drive, US
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Cover
ArchRivals MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Arch Rivals MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
ArchRivals MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
ArchRivals MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Arch Rivals MD EU Manual.jpg
Manual
Mega Drive, GR
ArchRivals MD GR Box.jpg
Cover
ArchRivals MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, AU

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
60
[38]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
73
[39]
Sega Game Gear
66
Based on
2 reviews

Arch Rivals

Game Gear, US
ArchRivals GG US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngArchRivals GG US Box Front.jpg
Cover
ArchRivals GG US Cart.jpg
Cart
Arch Rivals GG US Manual.pdf
Manual

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Mega Force (FR) PAL
60
[23]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
83
[31]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
83
[40]
Sega Master System
75
Based on
3 reviews

Arch Rivals


Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 e389d7e7
MD5 d97ddf989c558f01a1da1f23e728f935
SHA-1 2bfbe4698f13ade720dbfe10cebf02fe51e5e6ef
512kB 1992-03 Cartridge (US/EU)
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 f0204191
MD5 6ae0a492cc0427d4097a7b4336caedd2
SHA-1 9a2260a9cb9564a18f50edc8149a9e1e517bf649
256kB Cartridge (US)

References

  1. Press release: 1992-05-19: ACCLAIM BEGINS SHIPMENT OF SEGA SOFTWARE
  2. 2.0 2.1 GamePro, "August 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 42
  3. 3.0 3.1 Sega Force, "June 1992" (UK; 1992-05-14), page 31
  4. 4.0 4.1 Sega Power, "July 1992" (UK; 1992-06-04), page 31
  5. Sega Visions, "November/December 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 93
  6. VideoGames & Computer Entertainment, "March 1993" (US; 1993-0x-xx), page 47
  7. Sega Force, "May 1992" (UK; 1992-04-16), page 7
  8. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "July 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 91
  9. GamePro, "July 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 69
  10. GamePro, "August 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 17
  11. Sega Visions, "August/September 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 21
  12. Hobby Consolas, "Noviembre 1992" (ES; 1992-xx-xx), page 10
  13. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-xx-xx), page 37
  14. Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 16
  15. Entsiklopediya igr Sega. 100000 sekrety, kody, paroli, "" (RU; 2005-xx-xx), page 20
  16. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1, "" (RU; 1999-xx-xx), page 289
  17. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 21
  18. Game Zone, "August 1992" (UK; 1992-07-xx), page 38
  19. Hobby Consolas, "Octubre 1992" (ES; 1992-xx-xx), page 126
  20. Joypad, "Août/Septembre 1992" (FR; 1992-07-1x), page 98
  21. Joystick, "Septembre 1992" (FR; 1992-0x-xx), page 165
  22. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 90
  23. 23.0 23.1 Mega Force, "Octobre 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 78
  24. MegaTech, "July 1992" (UK; 1992-06-20), page 42
  25. Mean Machines, "July 1992" (UK; 1992-06-27), page 68
  26. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 137
  27. OK Consolas, "xxxx 1992" (ES; 1992-xx-xx), page 34
  28. Player One, "Octobre 1992" (FR; 1992-10-10), page 142
  29. Play Time, "(8/9)/92" (DE; 1992-07-08), page 90
  30. Power Play, "3/93" (DE; 1993-02-10), page 109
  31. 31.0 31.1 Sega Pro, "May 1992" (UK; 1992-04-16), page 58
  32. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 64
  33. Sega Force, "1/93" (SE; 1993-01-14), page 9
  34. Sega Force, "June 1992" (UK; 1992-05-14), page 30
  35. Supergame, "Agosto 1992" (BR; 1992-08-xx), page 22
  36. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-xx-xx), page 14
  37. Video Games, "2/93" (DE; 1993-01-27), page 97
  38. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "March 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 32
  39. GamePro, "March 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 149
  40. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 70


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